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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 17 — Aug. 13, 2012
  • pp: 19404–19411

Growth of well-arrayed ZnO nanorods on thinned silica fiber and application for humidity sensing

Yanjuan Liu, Yao Zhang, Hongxiang Lei, Jingwei Song, Hui Chen, and Baojun Li  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 17, pp. 19404-19411 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.019404


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Abstract

Thinned silica fibers were fabricated by drawing conventional single mode silica fiber through flame heated method and well-arrayed ZnO nanorods were grown on the thinned silica fibers by a hydrothermal method. The structure enables efficient light coupling between the fiber and the nanorods. With the unique property of high surface to volume ratio of one-dimensional ZnO nanorods, light coupled to nanorods array enhances the optical interaction between the device and the ambient environment. Sensitive humidity sensor was demonstrated by launching laser into ZnO nanorod-covered fibers. Theoretical and experimental results are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: June 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 1, 2012
Published: August 9, 2012

Citation
Yanjuan Liu, Yao Zhang, Hongxiang Lei, Jingwei Song, Hui Chen, and Baojun Li, "Growth of well-arrayed ZnO nanorods on thinned silica fiber and application for humidity sensing," Opt. Express 20, 19404-19411 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-17-19404


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